Transportation planning plays a critical role in achieving the Hogan administration's goals and, in a symbiotic relationship, forward-thinking land use provides the foundation to support a functional and sustainable transportation system. Integrated transportation and land use planning increases travel efficiency, creates more options for getting around, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and improves returns on infrastructure investment.
Transportation at the Maryland Department of Planning
As required by legislation, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) provides policy and technical advice on state, regional and local transportation planning and investment decisions to ensure consistency with the 12 Planning Visions and the Priority Funding Areas Act. Planning's transportation planning integrates land use planning to support managed growth and promotes the building of effective multimodal transportation systems that add to the sustainability of Maryland communities.
Planning supports policies and land development patterns to protect natural resources and increase options for walking, bicycling, taking transit, or driving in convenient and shorter trips. By linking transportation and land use planning, the department supports transportation investment that promotes development in designated growth areas and avoiding or minimizing adverse land use and environmental impacts. We advocate building walkable, mixed-use communities, such as transit-oriented development, that offer viable transportation choices. Specifically, we review local comprehensive plans, support transportation policy and technical research, and participate in state, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and local transportation planning activities to advocate sound transportation and land use strategies in transportation plans, programs, and projects.
In coordination with the Maryland Department of Transportation and other state and federal agencies, MPOs and local jurisdictions, Planning advocates to improve Maryland's range of access and mobility options. Through intergovernmental coordination efforts, we ensure the development and implementation of multimodal transportation goals, policies, and strategies in state, regional and local transportation plans, programs and projects that support administration goals.